Interview with E.A. Drake

1. Why did you decide to write Vampire Erotica? And what other genres do you currently write or have written in the past?
I don’t think there was any concerted decision to write vampire erotica. I always wanted to write vampire stories ever since I was a child. I think reading Steven King and Bram Stoker and then Anne Rice initiated my interest and from there I think it was a general move to link vampires with erotica. Vampires have always been erotic creatures and it seemed natural to join the two together. I have written poetry, vampire poetry, gothic poetry and some small horror stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle but also read ibooks on my ipad.
What do you think makes you different from other writers in your genre?
Possibly my age and also I find that a lot of vampire erotica writers; come to it from more the erotic rather than vampiric point of view. Sometimes if you look at their vampire novels, they’re not dealing with the historic side of vampires, they bring them more into the modern times and it’s very different. Each vampire erotica writer and vampire writer, for example Tom Holland, Anne Rice, Steven King, will all have different traits and each book will be different so we’re all different in one way or another.
Describe your desk
Cluttered lol it is a long brown pine desk, with a desk top pc, Piles of paper to one side and a picture of my dog at the back.
When it comes to writing, do you have a certain routine or writing process that allows the ideas to flow better? It’s actually quite funny because the other day I was thinking ‘how do I write?’
Sometimes I just sit in front of the computer, an idea comes and I’ll write down the ideas. Other times I could be sitting in a coffee shop and an idea could pop into my head and I’ll plan. So there’s no actual infrastructure so to speak, I just allow the artistic juices to flow.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first Vampire story at the age of nine.
Did you always want to be a writer, or was this a new desire of yours?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer; my first story was a vampire story at the age of 9 after seeing the Dracula film. After reading a book my mum bought - Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I thought ‘wow’. Shortly after that I read Steven King’s Salem’s Lot and it blew my mind. I wanted to write vampire stories, just purely vampire. After meeting several authors at book signings, I carried on and wrote several short stories and several poems. After that, life took a different process.
Can you share with us anything you are currently working on, and/or any new releases?
I’m currently working on several short stories, one of which is a collection of stories based around Whitby Gothic weekend this again is vampire erotica and another one is based on a more general vampiric horror, linking with erotica based on a young ladies connections to the music world.
When it comes to writing, do you have a certain routine or writing process that allows the ideas to flow better? It’s actually quite funny because the other day I was thinking ‘how do I write?
Sometimes I just sit in front of the computer, an idea comes and I’ll write down the ideas. Other times I could be sitting in a coffee shop and an idea could pop into my head and I’ll plan. So there’s no actual infrastructure so to speak, I just allow the artistic juices to flow.
Are any of your characters anything like you or your life?
As I’m not a vampire I’d say no but I would say in some respects and taking from Lord Byron, if you’re going to write you do have to put an aspect of truth into it or an aspect of yourself. So I would say that some of the characters are based or loosely based on some aspects of my life or events that have been in my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
my fans mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
A Series of books based around the Whitby Gothic Weekend.
Who are your favorite authors?
Marquis DeSade, Poe, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Keats, Anne Rice, Tom Holland, Poppy Z Brite, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Dennis Wheatley. I have several, there’s quite a few.
And what is your favourite vampire book/story?
My 3 favourite vampire book/stories have to be Steven King’s Salem’s Lot, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Tom Holland’s The Vampire which is based on Lord Byron. If you pushed me to choose one, it’d have to be Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
How can our readers learn more about you and your books?
I have a webpage; I’m on Facebook, Twitter and I also blog.
What is your writing process?
How did the plot and characters reveal themselves to you, and how long did it all take to come together? The writing process was very simple. Once I had the idea, it was full steam ahead. Sometimes the characters would be nameless, faceless characters that I would work in later on but as long as I had the plot and how I wanted it to go, I found it relatively easy to write. Sometimes I’d hit a brick wall because I’d not fully worked out the various story lines. I’d tend to write several plots within one story so it depended how they fathomed out but it was fairly full steam ahead once it was in my head. It’s a case of the only limitation is the hours in the day. It could take me from 2 or 3 days to write a story to 2 or 3 weeks, depending on what else is going on around me at the time..
What do you think makes you different from other writers in your genre?
Possibly my age and also I find that a lot of vampire erotica writers; come to it from more the erotic rather than vampiric point of view. Sometimes if you look at their vampire novels, they’re not dealing with the historic side of vampires, they bring them more into the modern times and it’s very different. Each vampire erotica writer and vampire writer, for example Tom Holland, Anne Rice, Steven King, will all have different traits and each book will be different so we’re all different in one way or another.
How did you decide on this specific genre for your story? Or have you been into vampire literature – even before it became fashionable?
I’ve always been into vampire literature, for example Bram Stoker, Polidori, it’s always something that’s been there. I grew up on the old Hammer House horror movies and the Universal horror movies so on Saturday nights in the summer, when BBC2 used to have their horror double bills I would sit up and watch those. So for me, horror, especially vampire, the romanticism and the demonic side of the vampire is something to which I’ve always been attracted.
What are your favourite vampire/horror films?
It goes without saying, it has to be the Christopher Lee series from Hammer House of Horror, and I love those stories, Salem’s Lot, the original 1922 Nosferatu A Symphony of Horror with Max Schreck. Of the modern day films I’d say Van Helsing and The Lost Boys.
What do you read for pleasure?
I think one should always read for pleasure.
What are your views on the new vampire films and series that have come out over the last few years and how do they compare to the media of your youth?
In reference to the new films that have come out, the Twilight series, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy (she was the original teen vampire series); they’re all good at bringing new generations into the vampire scene and vampire literature. However I think that there is a direct contrast between the old vampire horror films where the vampire was seen as evil and set just to feed and procreate whereas now, especially with the twilight series which although very good, it’s now a case of falling in love and the aspect of survival from other vampires and other mythical creatures.
Published 2014-02-12.
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